With my high energy, positivity, hard work, and resiliency, I hope that I have inspired others to invest more, lead more, dream more, commit more, do more, innovate more, learn more and volunteer more.
Why do you believe honoring achievement is important?
Honoring personal achievement is an event, not the final destination. It is a time to take a small pause, survey the road traveled and evaluate the mountain that has been climbed. We are given time to rest, catch our breath and contemplate the next opportunity before starting the climb again. Celebrating achievements big and small serves as high octane fuel to push forward, either personally or as a team.
In one organization that I work with, each time a milestone is achieved, the entire team celebrates with a bottle of champagne. The corks are then put in a display, which serves as a reminder of their collective achievements. This display honors the past and pushes the team to move toward the next goal … together.
By celebrating the achievements of executives, we hear inspirational stories from our peers. This, in turn, provides a push for the next step in our journey and creates an opportunity to collectively thank and recognize leadership in the business community.
What insights have you gained in your career that would inspire others?
Raise your hand! If there are opportunities to push beyond your boundaries, to explore a different side of a business or to learn something new, say, “Yes.” By embracing this philosophy, I have worked on multibillion-dollar acquisitions, navigated a company through a bankruptcy and sale to a private equity group, oversaw labor management efforts across the U.S., litigated cases in more than 20 states for a private prison company, learned fundraising strategy at the ASU Alumni Association, and worked as a deck-hand on a fishing boat in the PNW.
To that end, I have never been afraid to fail but, instead, have used these professional opportunities to both learn and grow. By wondering “what could be” by raising my hand, I have pushed myself, built incredible relationships and learned a lot (both positive and constructive). This philosophy has helped me to develop a unique and diverse skill set, thereby providing me with incredible professional opportunities, including the global role that I have today. So, my recommendation is to raise your hand and say, “Yes” when given opportunities that will push you beyond your current boundaries.
What can we do — now — to make a difference for young people/women in Arizona?
Over the past several years, I have had the incredible opportunity to observe and learn from some of the hardest working, inspirational, community minded, visionary and strategic leaders in the Valley. These mentors have patiently answered my questions, advised on where I could have the greatest impact in the community, and pushed me to “do more” both professionally and personally.
In reflecting on their investment in my leadership growth, I have doubled down on the collective role that we can all play in inspiring activists, hand raisers, change agents, solutions-oriented and service-minded community members who will volunteer, give back and contribute to community causes. Whether discussing human and social service issues, finding ways for young leaders to serve on nonprofit boards or committees, or creating connections, we can all play a role in building a new generation of advocates who will impact our community for generations.
In A Few Words
- What was the last course, certification or training you took to improve yourself professionally? WSET Level 2
- What would you say is a single characteristic OTHERS might attribute to you that defines your success? Energetic
- What is the one thing you feel you could work on professionally to be a greater success? Balance
- What is the one professional skill you have that has gotten you where you are today? Dedication
- What is the single greatest issue facing Arizona today? As outlined in the VSUW MC2026 goals, I am fully invested in driving positive change for our community in the areas of health, housing and homelessness, education and workforce development.
Jenny Tetreault currently serves as the VP and Associate General Counsel for TPI Composites, a global wind-blade manufacturer with locations throughout the United States, Europe, China, India and Mexico. She is responsible for the company’s global anti-corruption program; ethics hotline; litigation, employment, commercial and contract negotiation; and domestic/international regulatory compliance. She also supports a variety of functional groups, including ESG, IT, HR, field services and supply chain.
Prior to TPI, Tetreault served as in-house legal counsel with US Foods and Rural/Metro Corporation. Tetreault is fully invested in the community and serves on global, state and local nonprofit boards.